If you suffer from seasonal eye allergies or are experiencing unusual eye pain, tearing, itching or swelling, you should consult your ophthalmologist.
Many different types of medical treatments for eye allergies are available by prescription. Your ophthalmologist may prescribe eye drops to treat certain eye conditions, infections or diseases.
Before using eye drops, you should inform your ophthalmologist if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription medications. You should also inform them of any allergies that you have.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than half of all Americans will develop cataracts by age 80. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which can cause one’s vision to become blurry. It is common with age and can occur in one or both eyes. The clouding usually occurs slowly but can happen quickly, especially after trauma to the eye.
While cataracts are not painful, they may cause the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Glare while driving or reading
- Dull colors
- Frequent changes in your glasses prescription
- Double vision in one eye
New advances and techniques have made cataract surgery one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures performed. We offer the latest procedures available to help remove cataracts and restore your vision, including the placement of intraocular lenses. Most cataract surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, and more than 95% of surgeries improve vision.
A chalazion is a lump that appears in the upper eyelid as a result of an inflamed oil-producing sweat gland. When this gland becomes blocked, it can rupture and cause pain and redness. It can also cause the eyelid to swell as large as an eighth of an inch.
Use warm compresses for 10-15 minutes, 2-4 times a day to help reduce swelling. If after 3-4 days the swelling hasn’t subsided, contact your ophthalmologist.
You should contact your ophthalmologist immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred or decreased vision
- Extensive swelling and redness
- Both eyes and eyelids are swollen
Tears are essential for the eyes for several reasons. Not only do tears act as a lubricant, they also clean the eye by washing out dust, debris and foreign objects. Tears also have antibacterial and neutralizing properties that counteract microorganisms that take residence on the eye’s surface.
When tear production is insufficient, it can create many problems for the eyes. Not only are dry eyes uncomfortable, but they are also more prone to injury and infection.
For incidental cases of dry eyes, over-the-counter eye lubricants are all that is required to ease the discomfort. However, when the body does not produce enough tears, or when the tears are drained or evaporated too quickly, the eye is not protected. This is a condition known as dry eye syndrome.
Depending on the cause and extent of dry eye syndrome, it may or may not be able to be completely cured. Even when not cured, however, the symptoms can be managed.
Restasis eye drops
One of the treatments for dry eye syndrome is Restasis eye drops. These are a prescription artificial tear formula that contains materials that not only lubricate and comfort the eye but also encourage the eye to produce more tears.
Another possible treatment is the installation of lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs. The plugs are inserted into the tear ducts, to stop tears from draining off the surface of the eye too quickly.
In more extreme cases, we may have to close the tear ducts surgically.
If dry eyes are a result of your environment – for example dry or dusty conditions at work – it may be helpful to wear sunglasses or to use a humidifier.
Nutritional insufficiencies can also be to blame for dry eyes, in which case we advise you to take dietary supplements or to drink more water.
Glaucoma is a common eye disorder that is, in fact, not one but an entire group of disorders. It is a disorder that damages the optic nerve, which serves to send the images from the eye to the brain.
High intraocular pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma; however, it is not the only cause.
The early stages of glaucoma are undetectable, and experts estimate that only half of the people who currently have glaucoma even realize that they are affected.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, many medications and procedures exist that can help to slow the disease or stop it altogether. However, like so many eye-related disorders, early diagnosis is essential. Because the early stages of glaucoma have no noticeable symptoms, we recommend regular eye exams for everyone, even if you have no eye-related symptoms or problems.
Strabismus / lazy eye
Strabismus, also sometimes called “lazy-eyed”, “cross-eyed” or “wall-eyed,” is a condition that occurs when a person cannot align both of their eyes on a single object at the same time under normal circumstances. According to experts, it is estimated that roughly 5% of all children have some degree of strabismus.
Movement of the affected eyes can either occur all the time or under certain conditions like high stress or illness. Children with strabismus will occasionally experience double vision as a result of the conflicting signals from their eyes. Eventually, their brains learn to disregard one of the eyes, but this does not affect the actual condition of the eye.
Early treatment is strongly advised for children with strabismus because it is not a condition that children “grow out of”. Some conventional treatments for strabismus include optical devices, vision and muscle therapy, and, as a last resort, surgery.